The Central Minnesota Woodworker's Association is a group of men and women from around the St. Cloud Minnesota area who share a common interest in the art and business of woodworking. We meet monthly in St. Cloud to share information, techniques and topics of interest in the area of woodworking. Learn more about membership or support.

July 2009 CMWA Meeting Video

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Greg Pont hosts the July 15th meeting with a pig roast and demonstrations of his Wood Beaver firewood procession machine and Wood Mizer sawmill.

July CMWA Meeting

The July meeting will be held at Greg Pont’s lumber mill on July 15th. The event will also be B.Y.O.B. and we are asking for a $5 donation to cover costs associated with the meal. We plan on serving around 6:00, but if you would like to come a little earlier or later or bring a side dish that would be fine. Greg’s mill is indoor with a large enough area to seat us all in the event of rain. It would be a good idea to bring a chair.

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Directions to Greg’s are as follows:
From highway 10 in Royalton, take County Road 26 (also known as Nature Road) West to Bowlus. Turn North on County Road 24 (also known as 120th avenue). After about ½ mile, 24 turns into 238. Keep going North on 238 for about 3 miles until you reach 80th street. Turn East on 80th street and Greg’s place is ½ mile in.

June CMWA Meeting

Those of you who know Dave, know that his wealth of experience and down to earth demeanor make him a very enjoyable speaker.

Dave will be talking about and demonstrating vacuum pressing systems. He will discuss electric pumps, venturi generators and hand pumps.

There is a vacuum force demonstration planned to give us a feel for what type of forces these systems can generate. Part of the demo will include how to make forms and the materials used.

Dave will also share his experiences with us on the 3 different types of glues used in vacuum pressing: flexible, semi-ridgid and ridgid. It should be an informative presentation.

May CMWA Meeting

The May CMWA meeting subject is Wood Drying with Paul Herbst. Paul has a facility just off Hwy 23 near Foreston, MN. He brings in wood from sawmills, dries it, dimensions it, and either returns the dried lumber to the sawyer or sells it himself. Greg Pont has Paul dry wood for him. Paul should be able to answer any of your drying questions.

May Woodturners Meeting

The May meeting of the Woodturners Group will be Saturday, May 16th at 9:00AM at the home of Dick Beumer, 3750 15th Street NE, Sauk Rapids. Dick will demonstrate how to build and use jam chucks. If time permits we will also have a hands-on activity to rough out round blanks to be used at our June meeting. Bring your face shields, roughing gouge and apparel. The topic of the June meeting is Spindle Turning Basics - Beads and Coves. Our blind auctions are going strong. Bring an item to donate and/or cash to purchase. Our challenge project for May is a weed pot.

All future meetings of the Woodturners Group will be held on the third Saturday of each month. This will coincide with the Wednesday night CMWA meeting to utilize the Club newsletter as the meeting reminder.

April CMWA Meeting

We have a group of four members who are making replicas of a Stickley arm chair. The group consists of Tom Zak, John Skalla, Jim Pruesser and Scott Randall. They will be discussing their experiences of working as a group, demonstrating a few of the tools they used and sharing some of the problems they encountered.

April Woodturners Meeting

The Woodturners Group will meet Saturday April 18th at the home of Gary Mrozek 1314 West Oakes Drive, St. Cloud. The subject is EXTREME turning - the construction and use if a steady rest. The challenge project is an egg (plain or decorated). Bring items for the silent auction.

March Woodturners Meeting

Our agenda will be an open forum to discuss topic and issues of your choice. There will also be a demonstration and hands-on opportunity of a shop build “Laser Guided Deep Hollowing Tool” on both a mini and full sized lathe. Information will be shared regarding a possible custom education course at St. Cloud Vocational College where you’ll have an opportunity to fabricate a tool like this for your own. Be sure to bring your Show & Tell items and donations for the silent auction. If you don't have a donation, bring some cash!. Proceeds will go towards multi media items for our member's library.

February CMWA Meeting

Gary Mrozek will demonstrate how to set up and use a jointer to achieve those perfectly straight boards. He’s also going to demonstrate changing blades, which can be a real challenge with a straight knife jointer. Glenn Street and Rollie Johnson will talk about insert cutterheads for jointers and planers. They will compare spiral and helical and explain how they cut and show some examples of how the helical shearing cut results in minimal tear-out even in typically hard to plane wood such as curly or figured maple.

January CMWA Meeting

To get to John Caye’s shop go about 4 miles north of the Holiday station in Sartell (across the river from the paper mill). You need to be on the west side of the river on Riverside Avenue North which turns into hwy 1. Take a right on Pine Point Road and John’s place is about ½ mile on the left side. The fire number signs are 4391 and 4392. He has 3 lighted snowmen and a seasons greetings sign out front.

John’s driveway is long and only wide enough for one car. There is parking at the end of the driveway near the shop. If this parking area fills up, parking out on the side of Pine Point Road is fine.

If you will need to sit down during the meeting, you should plan on bringing your own chair.

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